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i heard that the psych shelf exam is really difficult even if you know the material. what have you hear about it and what's the best resource to study from?
 

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I am in the process of studying right now. I have heard that just by reading Blueprints and maybe the little green "Current Clinical Strategies - Psychiatry" book is plenty to do quite well on the shelf.
 

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I didn't think it was that difficult at all. I read parts of BRS, did pretest and blueprints Q&A for step 2 psych A&L psych and got a 94 raw (which frankly I'm really embarassed about as I want to do surgery and got a worse score on that shelf after studying 3-4 times as much!!) Drugs are important. I thought the most important thing was knowing the characteristics of the diagnosis (i.e. be very familiar with the dsm 4 criteria). Also, know the difference between similar diagnoses (i.e. depression vs. adjustment syndrome) Others have said knowing how certain medical disorders present as psych dx is also important (ie fat embolus gets you confused, hypothyroidism as depression, etc).

good luck!
 

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Anasazi23 said:
Know your TCA's....classes, side effects, indications, interactions with b-blockers, etc. Don't overlook them - you'll miss a good chuck of points.
Anybody who gets > 1 or 2 of these questions surely has a screwey shelf.
 

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i'm studying for it right now. i've got blueprints, pretest, plat vignettes and an old lange "review of general psych"---which is soooooo long... i've never seen the little green book around. my school wants an 84 to honor (i have no idea if they give us raw scores or percentiles, but we only get one number back, more likely raw)
 

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raw 84 usually = 90th percentile.
 

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yummmmmm... then how come i keep hearing about how the shelf is oh-so-haaaahrd? ;)
 

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p.s. i also heard there's a whole bunch of medicine on it (time to whip out the trusty ole B+W i guess)